Jacob and the Starry Eyed Shadows Says He Wants to Keep Making Music to Share it!

Solo artist Jacob has taken his own namesake into account calling this project at hand JACOB AND THE STARRY EYD SHADOWS. Its pop/rock with some material already available with more content on the way and underway. Find out what else Jacob himself had to say about this project and the future plans up next.

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Although it sounds like a band’s name, I’m currently just one guy making music on his own. My name’s Jamie and I’ve been a guitarist since I was 10 and a songwriter since my teenage years. I’ve played in many bands in the past, mostly doing covers, going all the way back to my school days in Germany. When I lived there attached to the British Forces. I was always writing and recording my own songs in the background to keep myself out of trouble and to get through the hard times in particular. So that led me here, still trying to get it out there and share it with the world.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

My name’s Jamie, but Jacob is a kind of Hebrew derivative of it, and I just thought it sounded a bit more interesting. I’ve always loved bands with a ‘So and So and the…’ type names. It probably goes back to my mother bringing me up on a lot of soul and Motown music. Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles…you get the idea.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there?

I am based out of Kintyre on the beautiful rugged west coast of Scotland. It’s where I grew up and my family comes from. It’s an area which is certainly not short of inspiration which is useful from a creative point of view. There is a great music scene here actually with a lot of local talent, particularly of the singer-songwriter and traditional styles. And a wee bit of rock as well. We have annual music events with the Mull of Kintyre Music Festival and The Kintyre Songwriters Festival where lots of local talent get an opportunity to play, as well as musicians from further afield. People should come and check it out when things get back to normal. The area is most synonymous with the Wings song ‘Mull of Kintyre’ by Paul McCartney and his wife at the time Linda, who used to live here and spend a lot of time here. He still owns an estate but doesn’t occupy it as much.

4. How would you describe your style?

I’ve always found this a difficult thing to do. It’s probably just pop/rock. It’s a bit singer-songwritery. But I also think it’s got a bit of an indie sound. Sometimes a bit emo in terms of the feel, emotion and subject matter. I love a nice depressing theme to explore. Seems to be where I’m my most creative. But my melodies and choruses are often defiant against the themes to it’s mostly quite joyous music.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

It all starts here in terms of releases. I have some home recorded material on Soundcloud and available to purchase on Bandcamp for any enthusiasts. But the mainstream materials start now so watch this space! In terms of what to expect; emotive lyrics and themes, a nice indie pop-rock sound, with big choruses and sing along hooks.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

Yeah, there is two singles already scheduled for release this year. My first big releases on all major platforms. I have a song called ‘We Are Everything (and that’s alright)’ coming out on the 2nd of April. It’s a big lamenting indie ballad type track, so if you like that kind of thing, get on it! And then another tune coming out in June. Will be focusing on releasing singles for the time being and working up to getting an EP out at some point. So follow my socials to keep up to speed.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

Yeah, intending to get out playing the tunes once things calm down, but nothing scheduled at the time being. Will be nice to get playing live again though. It’s been a while.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

Keep making music for as long as I can. Get it out there and try and share it with the world. I love making music for myself, for the benefits the creative process brings. But I love to share it too. To get other people’s takes on it and hopefully they find some comfort or enjoyment in it too.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Singles will be coming very soon so follow my socials on Facebook and Insta (@jatses) for pre-sale links etc. It will be on Spotify and Apple Music amongst others. As I say, first song coming April 2nd, so not long now.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

I wouldn’t want them to remember anything. Music is about moments. Whether that’s creating it or listening to it. Just enjoy it in the moment. Next time it might be different.

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